September 9, 2016. The fall semester at the African School of Economics opened on Monday, September 5, with 61 new first-year students on campus and a total enrollment, including doctoral candidates, of 100. Students at ASE represent over 15 African nationalities, with the largest number of new students coming from Benin, followed by Cameroon, Ghana and Burkina Faso. The Class of 2018 will eventually be joined by a second intake of students that will arrive in Benin in January 2017.

Among the many events on the calendar for the 2016-17 academic year at ASE are the Summer Institute for Economic Research (SIER) that will take place in December and the Academic and Professional Seminar Series, that take place at ASE on a bi-weekly basis. The seminar series provides students the opportunity to engage with high-quality scholarly research; by welcoming a wide-range of scholarly talent to ASE’s campus on a regular basis, this series is sure to spark the academic interests of students.

2016 is a crucial year for ASE as three new programs have been added to the Master in Mathematics Economics and Statistics and Master in Business Administration that will soon celebrate their first cohort of graduates. Starting this September the school is also offering master degrees in Public Administration, Development Economics, and a Doctoral Program in Economics.

For more information on our programs an how to enrol, click here.


Still of a class by Associate Dean and Professor, David Gbaguidi.


A couple of students review their notes.


Two students working on an assignment.


Dean Fr Claude Domfang and Professor Alice Bonou chatting at the Faculty Lounge.



September 6, 2016. The African School of Economics is taking part in the fourth edition of the Policy Evaluation Days (Journées Béninoises de l'Evaluation - JBE), a three-day conference organized by the Government of Benin that started last Monday September 7 at Palais de Congres, in Cotonou. The event, themed Use of evaluation results to change the living conditions of populations, was officially opened by Mr. Pascal Irénée Koupaki, Secretary-General of the Presidency.

ASE was invited by the Ministry of Development, the organiser of the conference, thanks to the good reputation of the school and its prestigious certificate in Impact Evaluation. A total of fifteen students are participating in the conference, some as attendees while others are in charge of the reports that will be presented to the Ministry when the event concludes. ASE also has a promotional stand managed by students where a variety of brochures and booklets are offered to participants who are interested to learn more about the school and the programs offered.

After numerous lectures and training on Monday, including a presentation by ASE professor Deo Gracias Houndolo on “Impact evaluation: general and some innovative approaches “, Tuesday ushered in a host of other interesting topics. Participants discussed different topics ranging from overall evaluation planning, planning for a better use of evaluation results, and the challenges of incorporating sustainable development goals when planning for evaluation. The ASE stand continued to receive many visitors whilst students participated in the different workshops and training sessions.

Many countries shared their experiences in Evaluation: Benin, Niger, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Uganda, and South Africa. Participants also gained insights about evaluation from UEMOA (West African Economic Union) and BOAD (West African Development Bank) as well as from some local Beninese authorities.

The last day of the National Evaluation Days focussed on the application and the influence of evaluation in decision-making and policy. Guests also discussed the roles of Parliament and civil society in the applications of evaluation.

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Click here to learn more about ASE's certificate in impact evaluation and here if you want to download the program brochure (texts in French).


Clément Edah, agro-economist, ASE Certificate in Impact Evaluation alumnus


ASE stand, managed by students, received numerous visits


Policy Evaluation Days takes place in Palais de Congres


Group picture of some of the participants in front of ASE stand



Leonard zinsou


September 1, 2016. Professor Leonard Wantchekon visited The Zinsou Foundation on Friday August 19 to give a talk to young entrepreneurs on the role that the tourism industry plays in economic recovery of Benin. This event is part of a series of conferences organised periodically by the Foundation.

Professor Wantchekon addressed an audience mainly formed by entrepreneurs from the ICT sector, start-up managers and friends of Mrs. Marie-Cecile Zinsou, Director of the Foundation, and a promoter of local Beninese artists. The thirty minute presentation focused on the features of geographic landscape and its rich and fascinating history that should make it a premiere tourist destination. He stressed the diversity of Benin landscape (water falls and wildlife in Atakora, Hills in Dassa, Oueme Valley) that could be explored within days. The unique aspects of the country political history include  "the amazons", an all women elite military unit in the highly institutionalized  Kingdom of Dahomey from 1645 to 1894, the intrigues of the anti-colonial resistance revealed by the correspondence between King Glele and Emperor Bismarck (1882-1892). The tragedy of Slave Trade from Ouidah was contrasted with the triumphant return of and economic prosperity of former slaves from Brazil back to their homeland in Agoue. The audience was captivated by the incredible life of Tovalou Quenum from Porto Novo, the Marcus Garvey of Africa and the first leader of pan-Africanism, who died in prison in Dakar (Senegal) in 1936 at the age 49.  The speech also highlighted the rapid spread of missionary schools in late 19th Century that led Benin to become the "Latin Quarter of Africa".

After the talk the audience and the speaker engaged in a rich conversation and Q&A session. Among other topics, there was a discussion on the use of technology to promote tourism in Benin. Professor Wantchekon also stressed the fact that the new ASE campus will feature a museum of African Art and History and a botanical garden.

Picture (from left to right): Leonard Wanchekon, Said Gbadamassi, Ulrich Sossou, Senam Beheton and Messan Agbaglah


August 26, 2016. Thursday August 25 was a busy day at the African School of Economics as we received the visit of a group of ICT experts and a researcher from University of Montreal. As the school is preparing for the start of the 2016-17 academic year, most of the new intake of students and second year candidates are already in Cotonou preparing for the kick off of the new year, that will formally open in August 26.

Messan Agbaglah (researcher at University of Montreal) and software engineers Senam Beheton, Ulrich Sossou, and Said Gbadamassi had a chance to talk to several members of the ASE community. Among other topics discussed, they shared some professional experiences and stressed the benefits of digital technologies, including the use of applications in research projects.

ASE President and Founder, Prof. Leonard Wantchekon, also participated in the meeting and presented the upcoming courses offered by ASE on software and digital technologies to the students, faculty and staff present at the event. After his introduction, Messan Agbaglah delivered a conference entitled "Stability in informal insurance: An approach by the networks and coalitions that overlap”.


The group meet some of ASE students


Still of the meeting at ASE main building

Messan Agbaglah addressing the audience

edu fair front


August 25, 2016.  The African School of Economics (ASE) was one of the schools invited to participate at GAB School Awards Education Fair. The event, which celebrated its third edition, congregated representatives from the most prestigious private schools of Benin, took place last August 11, 12 and 13 in Cotonou. Besides having a stand where the ASE's spokespeople offered detailed information about their programs, the fair counted with two seminars covering topics such as entrepreneurship and job search, and a gala dinner. ASE students Gaspard Dodo, Robinson Toguem, Glwadys Vidogbena and Marjolaine Godja were in charge of ASE representation and they all agreed that the event was a huge success and that it was a great platform to promote the school among those who did not know about the programs offered, especially the new programs in Development Studies, Public Administration and PhD in Economics that will start in September. 

The gala dinner in honor of the 22 laureates started with a speech by the Minister of Higher Education, followed by Christian Affagnon CEO of GAB insurance and Guy-Faustin Agnero, president of the organizing committee of "GAB School Awards”. The gala was also an opportunity for the participating schools to introduce themselves; Professor Leonard Wantchekon talked on behalf of ASE and presented the programs currently offered by the school as well as the research activities carried out by IREEP, one of the research institutes hosted by the school.


View of some of the participating stands at the fair


Still of the gala dinner